Xero Awards terms and conditions

The US Xero Partner Awards

Official Rules

  • NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
  • VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
  • ALL DISPUTES WILL BE RESOLVED SOLELY BY BINDING ARBITRATION AND ENTRANTS WAIVE THE ABILITY TO BRING CLAIMS IN A CLASS ACTION FORMAT.

BY ENTERING (OR OTHERWISE PARTICIPATING IN) THE CONTEST, YOU AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH ARE A BINDING CONTRACT, SO READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING. WITHOUT LIMITATION, THIS CONTRACT INCLUDES INDEMNITIES TO THE CONTEST PARTIES FROM YOU AND A LIMITATION OF YOUR RIGHTS AND REMEDIES.

1. ELIGIBILITY: The US Xero Partner Awards (“Contest”) is open only to individuals who are legal residents of and physically located in one (1) of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico), and who are at least eighteen (18) years of age or the age of majority in your state of residence (nineteen (19) in Alabama and Nebraska, and twenty-one (21) in Mississippi), be either an accounting or bookkeeping practice or firm that held a partner or business edition subscription between April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024, or a long standing certified Xero Application (“Xero App”) partner or new to the Xero App Store between April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024; and in addition to the requirements above, you must meet the additional requirements listed for the awards categories you select when you entered. For the Accounting Partner category, Bookkeeping Partner category, Innovator of the Year category, and Community Champion category, there are no additional eligibility requirements. For the National Partner of the Year category in addition to the requirements above you must be a Xero Inc., gold partner or above. A gold partner is defined as: maintaining between 300 and 999 Xero partner points and having at least one staff member who holds an active advisor certification, you must have a national/key account relationship with Xero Inc., you and must have more than 50 employees. For the People’s Choice category, in addition to the requirements above, you must be a small business currently using Xero Inc, or be working with an accountant or bookkeeper that uses Xero Inc., to manage your business for at least two (2) months, your small business must be based in the 50 US/DC, and your nominated accountant or bookkeeper must be based in the 50 US/DC. For the Practice App of the Year category, in addition to the requirements above, listed on the Xero App Store in the 50 US/DC, the App must be commercially available (not in Beta version) since April 1st, 2023, or prior, and your customer base should mostly consist of accountants or bookkeepers and the App partner must be on the latest Xero App Store partner terms. For the Emerging App of the Year category, in addition to the requirements above, you must be listed on the Xero App Store in the 50 US/DC, the app must be commercially available (not in Beta version), and your app must have been launched in the Xero App Store within April 1st, 2023, and March 31st, 2024. The App Partner must be on the latest Xero App Store partner terms. For the Small Business App of the Year category, in addition to the requirements above, you must be: listed on the Xero App Store in the 50 US/DC, the app must be commercially available (not in Beta version) since April 1st, 2023 or prior, your customer base should mostly consist of small businesses, and the app partner must be on the latest Xero App Store partner terms (Each an “Award Category”), defined in above, you wish to apply at the time of entry. Employees, officers and directors of Xero Inc., (“Sponsor”), Realtime Media LLC (“Administrator”), and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, contest, judges, fulfillment and marketing agencies (collectively, the “Contest Parties”), their immediate family members and those living in the same household as such individuals (whether legally related or not), are not eligible to participate in the Contest or win a prize. For purposes of this Contest, immediate family members are defined as spouse, partner, parents, legal guardians, in-laws, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren and those living in the same household shall mean people who share the same residence at least three (3) months a year, whether legally related or not. By participating, you agree to these Official Rules and to the decisions of the Sponsor and Administrator, which are final and binding in all respects. Void where prohibited by law, rule or regulation. By participating in the Contest, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these “Official Rules” and the decisions of Sponsor, including the interpretation of these Official Rules and its exercise of discretion, which will be final and binding in all respects.

2. TIMING: The Contest begins on or about 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on May 1, 2024, and all entries must be received by the Sponsor on or before 11:59:59 p.m. ET on May 31, 2024 (the “Entry Period”). Entries will be judged using the process described below from 12:00 p.m. ET from June 6, 2024 to 11:59:59 p.m. ET June 28, 2024 (“Judging Period”), after which the potential winners will be notified for verification of eligibility.

Winner Announcement: The winners will be announced on or about August 15, 2024.

The designated computer clock of the Sponsor is the official time-keeping device in the Contest.

3. HOW TO ENTER: During the Entry Period, if you are eligible, visit the Contest website at http://xero.com/us/events/xero-awards/2024 (the “Website”) and follow onscreen instructions to complete and submit an official entry form including your full name, city, state, ZIP Code, email address, phone number, date of birth, Award Category, Business name, company description (50 words or less), number of clients, company logo (not required) and answer a series of questions not to exceed three hundred (300) words per question (collectively, the “Submission”). All Submissions must follow the technical, creative, and legal requirements disclosed on the Website and elsewhere in these Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Content Guidelines (see below). If you successfully take all of the steps above, your Submission will be considered in this Contest, subject to the limit below.

The Contest Parties are not responsible for technical, electronic, telephone, hardware, software or network, computer or data transmission errors, malfunctions or difficulties of any kind, or for false, incorrect, changed, incomplete or illegible contact information. Each entrant acknowledges that other entrants may have used ideas and/or concepts in their Submission that may be similar in idea or concept to what is included in entrant’s Submission. Each entrant understands and agrees that he/she shall not have any claim against any other entrant or Sponsor arising out of any such similarity or be entitled to any compensation because of any such similarity.

Limit of one (1) Submission per Award Category per person. Any attempt made by the same individual to enter more than the stated number of Submissions by using multiple or false contact information, accounts or otherwise may result in disqualification. A Submission may, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, be rejected if it fails to follow the technical, creative, and legal requirements disclosed on the Website and in these Official Rules. Those who do not follow all of the instructions, provide the required information in their entry form, or abide by these Official Rules or other instructions of Sponsor, may be disqualified at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. All Submissions that are late, illegible, incomplete, damaged, destroyed, forged or otherwise not in compliance with the Official Rules, may be disqualified from the Contest at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. All Submissions become the physical property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Assurance of access to the Submissions is the sole responsibility of the entrant.

In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, Submission will be deemed submitted by the registered account holder of the email address associated with the Submission for the domain associated with the submitted email address, provided that person is eligible. Each winner may be required to show proof of being a registered account holder. Registered account holder is defined as the person assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted a Submission cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected Submission will be deemed ineligible. Sponsor and affiliated entities are not responsible for lost, misdirected, misplaced, stolen, tampered with, deleted, or invalid Submissions.

4. SUBMISSION CONTENT GUIDELINES: Submissions that do not meet the following “Content Guidelines” are subject to disqualification, at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, so read and follow these Content Guidelines:

  • Submissions must be submitted in the English language.
  • Any essay submitted as part of an entry may be no longer than three hundred (300) words per question in length.
  • Submissions must comply with these Official Rules and any Terms of Use posted on the Website and meet all specifications or requirements called for in on the Website, in these Official Rules, as well as other advertising for the Contest.
  • During the Entry Period, Submissions cannot be displayed or distributed except by Sponsor, and you must maintain all rights, without third-party obligations, to transfer your Submission to us if you are selected as a winner.
  • You must maintain all rights, without third-party obligations, to transfer your Submission to the Sponsor if you are selected as a winner.
  • Except for materials that are in the public domain, each Submission, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material created by the entrant, or for which entrant has all rights required to comply with these Official Rules, and suitable for presentation in a public forum.
  • Submissions must include only materials created by the entrant, or for which entrant has all rights required to comply with these Official Rules and must not infringe on the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity. Sponsor does not permit the infringement of others’ rights and any use of materials that infringe third-party rights is grounds for disqualification from the Contest and may subject you to liability. Do not copy your favorite movie, book or photo or include materials, images, graphics, music or trademarks belonging to any third parties or incorporate the names, voices, likeness or personas of any party other than yourself unless you have obtained all rights necessary to permit you to use same in connection with your Submission and grant the rights herein granted to Sponsor. Submissions that contain brand names, trademarks or company logos, other than those owned by Sponsor are subject to disqualification.
  • Submissions must not include material that: (a) is sexually explicit, indecent, obscene, violent, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous, (b) is derogatory or promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age, (c) invades the privacy or publicity rights of any person, living or deceased, (d) is unlawful, (e) is harmful to other users of the Website or any other Contest-related website or third party platform such as viruses, Trojan horses or other technologies that could adversely impact the Contest, and/or (f) is disparaging to Sponsor or is inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Sponsor wishes to associate (at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion).
  • Submission should not reveal any personal information about another individual, including another person’s address, phone number, email address, credit card number or any information that may be used to track, contact, or impersonate that individual.
  • Entrant must not submit a Submission that, if selected, cannot be assigned to Sponsor as contemplated below.

5. LICENSE TO SUBMISSIONS: Entrant, upon entry of Submission to the Contest, irrevocably grants to Sponsor, and each of its licensees, successors and assigns, the non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, no-cost license and right to use and otherwise exploit the Submissions, and all images, text and materials included or depicted therein, in whole or in part, in any manner or medium now or hereafter known or devised (including, without limitation, CDs, streaming media, film, television, videocassettes, print, interactive devices, mobile media, Internet and on-line systems), throughout the universe and in any and all languages, including, without limitation, the right to display, reproduce, recreate, record, perform, exhibit, distribute, copy, edit, change, modify, add to, subtract from, re-title and adapt the same, to combine it with other material and otherwise use and exploit it without having to give any compensation or attribution to entrants or any third party, except for the awarding of a prize to a winner in this Contest. Entrants agree that during the Entry Period, they shall not make, and shall not permit, any other public use, display or distribution of the Submissions, and they shall maintain all rights without encumbrances so that, if Sponsor desires, entrants can assign all rights in and to Submissions if selected as a winner. Sponsor, and each of its successors, assigns and licensees, will have the right to make unlimited derivative works of Submissions, to assign or transfer any or all of Sponsor’s granted rights and to grant unlimited, multiple-level sublicenses. Without limiting the forgoing, Sponsor will have the right to use the Submissions submitted as part of the Contest, and all images, text and materials included or depicted therein (if any), in any merchandising, advertising, marketing, promotion or for any other commercial or non-commercial purpose. Entrants hereby forever waive and relinquish all “moral rights (droit moral)” now or hereafter recognized in connection with Submissions submitted as part of the Contest. Entrants acknowledge that as a condition of participating in the Contest and/or being selected as a winner, Sponsor may request that the entrant’s Submission, and any rights therein, be assigned to Sponsor and entrants may be required to confirm such assignment by completing and submitting the Declaration (defined below) (and any other documents reasonably required by Sponsor) or such entrant will otherwise be disqualified from receiving his/her prize(s). Entrants must maintain the ability to assign all such rights to Sponsor free of any limitations, restrictions or third-party obligations. Entrants agree that Sponsor shall have the sole discretion in determining the extent and manner of use of Submissions and are not obligated to use any Submission. Entrants agree that Sponsor, nor its agents, shall be responsible for return or preservation of the Submissions submitted. All Submissions that are posted on the Website or elsewhere are available to be viewed by anyone with access to the Internet.

Each entrant acknowledges that Submissions are not being submitted in confidence or in trust to Sponsor and that no confidential or fiduciary relationship is intended or created. Each entrant acknowledges that Sponsor and other entrants may have created ideas and concepts contained in their Submissions that may have familiarities or similarities to his/her own Submission, and that he/she will not be entitled to any compensation or right to negotiate with the Contest Parties because of these familiarities or similarities. Notwithstanding any custom and practice in the industry to pay an individual for an idea (if any), nothing herein shall create an implied or express contract to compensate entrants for their Submissions and there is no obligation for any Contest Party to pay or otherwise compensate entrants for any of their ideas or materials in any communications with Sponsor, whatsoever. Submissions are not confidential and the Contest Parties’ only obligations to entrants regarding Submissions are as specifically set forth in these Official Rules. The decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest, including interpretation and application of these Official Rules. Entrant, by participating in the Contest, except where legally prohibited, grants permission for Sponsor and its designees to use his/her name, address (city and state), photograph, voice and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide in perpetuity, without notice or review or approval. Sponsor reserves the right to request from entrant at any time proof that entrant maintains all necessary rights in their Submission in order to grant Sponsor the rights required herein in a form acceptable to Sponsor. Failure to provide such proof may lead to, among other things, the entrant being disqualified from the Contest.

6. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES: By entering the Contest, entrant represents and warrants that he or she has read, understands, agrees to and will follow the Official Rules. Entrant further represents and warrants that his or her Submission and all materials and matter therein: (a) (except for elements that are within the public domain or are provided by Sponsor for inclusion in Submissions) are wholly original with such entrant and are not a copy or imitation of any other material or entrant has all necessary rights to grant the Sponsor the rights granted hereunder and exercise such without obligation or liability to any third party; (b) will not infringe or violate any right whatsoever, including, without limitation, any personal rights (e.g., defamation, privacy, false light, moral right, etc.) or any property rights (e.g., copyright, trademark, right to ideas, etc.) of any person or entity and the use thereof will result in no third-party liability or obligations; and (c) is not the subject of any threatened or pending litigation, claim or dispute that might give rise to litigation, which adversely affects or in any way prejudices, impairs or diminishes the rights granted hereunder or the value thereof. Entrant further represents and warrants that he or she has the right to agree to and fully perform consistent with these Official Rules and that he or she has complied and has obtained all permissions, licenses and consents that are necessary for the submission of the Submission and the use of the Submission and to verify compliance with the foregoing requirements. Entrant agrees to provide to Sponsor at Sponsor’s request copies of all such permissions, licenses and consents. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Submission that Sponsor determines does not comply with these Official Rules, to make such changes to any Submission as are necessary to make it compliant, or to require the entrant to do so. Entrant further acknowledges and agrees that he/she has not previously granted, assigned or otherwise encumbered his/her Submission, or any images, text and materials depicted therein, to any other third party. Further, entrant represents and warrants that Sponsor’s use of any Submission, including any images, text and materials depicted therein, shall not violate an agreement to which such entrant has signed. Entrant agrees to indemnify and hold the Released Parties (defined below) harmless from and against any third-party claims, to the extent arising out of or relating to any breach of any representation, warranty or covenant made by entrant in connection with his or her acceptance of these Official Rules or Contest activities.

7. JUDGING/DETERMINING THE WINNERS: During the Judging Period a panel of qualified judges, determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, will review, judge and score each eligible Submission up to the maximum number of points allowed, based on the following judging criteria (“Judging Criteria”):

  • Xero utilization and expertise (25%)
  • Client impact and satisfaction (25%)
  • Innovation and technology adoption (25%)
  • Community engagement and thought leadership (25%)

Submissions that do not contain all required entry information or are considered inappropriate for any reason are not eligible. The Submission from each Award Category with the highest score from the Judges will be deemed the potential winner. In the event of a tie between two or more Submissions within an Award Category, the tie will be broken by comparing the scores for Xero utilization and expertise. In the unlikely event that a tie still remains, an additional “tie-breaking” judge appointed by the Sponsor shall be brought in to evaluate the tied Submissions, based on the Judging Criteria above. Sponsor reserves the right not to award any prizes, or to award fewer than the stated number of prizes, if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Submissions. Prize awards are subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Judges’ decisions are final and binding.

8. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Each potential winner will be notified using the information provided during entry by email or other contact information included in the entry form (method to be selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion) in a commercially reasonable time after selection of the winners. The Contest Parties are not responsible for false, incorrect, changed, incomplete or illegible contact information. Notification is deemed to have occurred immediately upon sending of an email. The Contest Parties are not responsible for electronic communications that are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind, or insufficient space in entrant’s email or other account to receive messages.

As part of the notification process, each potential winner will be required to complete and submit a declaration of eligibility / release of liability / prize acceptance agreement (collectively, the “Declaration”) within five (5) days before being eligible to receive his/her prize. If a potential winner fails or refuses to sign and return the Declaration within the required time period, or if the Declaration or prize notification is returned as rejected, faulty, unclaimed, or returned as undeliverable to potential winner, potential winner may be disqualified, and an alternate may be selected using the process set forth above, if time permits. P.O. Boxes are not permitted. Non-compliance shall result in disqualification and award of a prize to an alternate winner, if time permits. A potential winner becomes a “winner” only after verification of eligibility by Sponsor. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within a reasonable time period, if a potential winner is ineligible, if any notification is returned undeliverable, or if a potential winner otherwise fails to fully comply with these Official Rules, he/she will forfeit that prize and an alternate winner may be selected from among all remaining entries repeating the process identified above, if time permits. No more than nine (9) prizes will be awarded. If, for any reason, more than nine (9) bona fide winners come forward seeking to claim a prize, the winners of the advertised number of prizes may be selected by judging the Submissions of all persons making purportedly valid claims for such prize(s). Inclusion in such process shall be each entrant’s sole and exclusive remedy under such circumstances. The Contest Parties are not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, damaged, intercepted, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify any potential winner.

9. PRIZES/PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: A total of nine (9) prizes, one (1) per Award Category will be awarded in the Contest.

Nine (9) Grand Prizes (one [1] per Award Category): Each Grand Prize is a three (3) day, two (2) night trip for the winner and one (1) travel companion from October 23, 2024 – October 25, 2024, to the Xerocon event in Scottsdale, Arizona (the “Grand Prize” or “Trip Prize”).

The Trip Prize:

  • Round-trip coach airfare from the nearest major/international airport near Scottsdale, AZ. 
  • Three (3) day, two (2) night hotel accommodations from October 23, 2024 – October 25, 2024, at a hotel specified by the Sponsor.
  • Sponsor-specified activities planned by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.
  • Two (2) tickets to Xerocon for the winner and travel companion
  • Up to $500 in meals provided by the Sponsor.
  • A trophy
  • Xero merchandise. Exact merchandise, style, size, and colors, to be determined by the Sponsor.

Each winner and his or her travel companion must travel together on the same itinerary and possess all required travel documents, including visas and valid passports, if and as applicable. It is the responsibility of the winner and his or her companion to provide proper documentation (including government issued picture identification). All aspects of the travel portions of the prize must be conducted on such dates as determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion. The dates of departure and return are subject to change at the Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Airline tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable and are not valid for upgrades and/or frequent flyer miles. Travel must be booked at least one (1) week prior to travel and all travel must be completed prior to October 25, 2024. All airline tickets are subject to flight variation, work stoppages, and schedule or route changes. Sponsor reserves the right to structure travel routes and select hotels in their sole and absolute discretion. Winners will not receive cash or any other form of compensation if actual travel costs are less than (or more than) the estimate made in these Official Rules. The round-trip air transportation element for each Grand Prize begins and ends at the point of departure. The Grand Prize is subject to seat and hotel availability, as well as Sponsor’s terms and conditions generally applicable thereto. If in the judgment of Sponsor air travel is not required due to winner’s proximity to prize location, ground transportation will be substituted for roundtrip air travel at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. The difference in value will not be awarded to any prize winner. 

Sponsor shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitution or any act or omissions whatsoever by the air carriers, hotels, venue operators, transportation companies, prize providers or any other persons providing any Grand Prize-related services or accommodations. Sponsor is not liable for any missed prize events, opportunities or expenses incurred as a consequence of flight cancellation/delay or ground transportation delay. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any transportation or other prize element except at the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor. Additional prize award details and travel information to be provided to Grand Prize winner at the time of Grand Prize notification. Each Grand Prize winner and companion are responsible for obtaining travel insurance (and all other forms of insurance) at their option and hereby acknowledge that Sponsor has not and will not obtain or provide travel insurance or any other form of insurance. Each Grand Prize winner may be required to provide a credit card at the time of hotel check-in. Companion of a Grand Prize winner must be at least the age of majority in his or her state of residence as of the date of departure or winner must be the parent or legal guardian of companion or have written permission from the parent/legal guardian. Each travel companion must execute liability/publicity releases prior to issuance of travel documents. Once a travel companion is selected, he/she may not be substituted, except in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Sweepstakes, and those set forth by Sponsor’s transportation carrier(s) of choice. Lost, stolen or damaged airline tickets, travel vouchers or certificates will not be replaced or exchanged. All expenses not specifically mentioned herein, are not included as part of any Grand Prize package, will not be reimbursed under any circumstances and are solely the Grand Prize winner’s responsibility, including, but not limited to: hotel taxes, ground transportation at the Grand Prize winner’s destination(s), travel insurance, room service, bag check fees, parking fees, laundry service, food, alcoholic beverages, merchandise, souvenirs, telephone calls, tips, gratuities and service charges. Transportation carrier and hotel regulations and conditions apply. Travel and lodging are subject to availability, and any changes made to either of these will be at the expense of the Grand Prize winner. If, for whatever reason, the event associated with the prize is cancelled after the prize is awarded, Sponsor’s liability for the prize is limited only to the non-event portions of the prize. No compensation will be paid in lieu of the cancelled event. The tickets to the event are subject in all respect to the terms and conditions set forth on the tickets and any requirements of the facility hosting the event. Winners who attend the event associated with the prize shall also comply with all reasonable safety directions from Sponsor prior to and on the day, including in order to comply with any COVID related government requirements that may be in place at the time. Seat locations (if applicable) will be determined by the Sponsor. Winners are strictly prohibited from selling, auctioning, trading or otherwise transferring the tickets unless Sponsor consents in writing. In the event a prize winner (and/or his or her companion) engages in behavior that (as determined by Sponsor or any prize provider in its or their sole and absolute discretion) is obnoxious, inappropriate, or threatening, illegal or that is intended to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the applicable experience early. Decisions regarding the conduct of the winners and companions in all aspects of their participation in the prize event/activity will be in the sole discretion of Sponsor, and any of Sponsor’s representatives and final and binding in all respects. Winners and companions may be removed or disqualified from participating in any aspect of the prize for any reason at any time, including, without limitation, creating an unauthorized disturbance, interruption or unnecessarily rough physical contact, creating the potential for injury or property damages, or for any unhealthy, unsafe, unlawful, or inappropriate act. If a winner or companion who, in the opinion of Sponsor or any of Sponsor’s representatives, is considered a physical or mental threat to the well-being of any other individual, he/she may be removed from any premises relating to the prize and winner consents to such removal. 

Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of each Grand Prize is $3,399.

The total ARV of all prizes available in the Contest is $30,591.

Prizes are non-refundable, not redeemable for cash, not replaceable and non-transferable, with no substitutions except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. All prize details not specified in these Official Rules will be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Prize details and availability are subject to change and prize provider’s rules and restrictions and in the event that Sponsor is unable to provide a winner with a prize, the Sponsor may elect to provide winner with the approximate value of such item in cash or award an alternate prize of comparable or greater value. Each prize is awarded “AS IS” and without warranty of any kind, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). Winners will be solely responsible for all federal, state and/or local taxes, and for any other fees or costs associated with the prize he or she receives, regardless of whether they, in whole or in part, are used. The value of any prize awarded to a winner will be reported for tax purposes as required by law. Each winner will be required to provide Sponsor with a valid social security number before their prize will be awarded, for tax reporting purposes. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued in the name of each winner, for the actual value of the prize received. If unclaimed, prize will be forfeited. The Contest Parties are not responsible for and will not replace any lost, mutilated or stolen prize components or any prize that is undeliverable or does not reach a winner because of an incorrect or changed address. If a winner does not accept or use the entire prize, the unaccepted or unused part of the prize will be forfeited and the Contest Parties will have no further obligation with respect to that prize or portion of the prize. Parties are not responsible for, and a winner will not receive the difference, in any, between the actual value of the prize at the time of award and the stated ARV in these Official Rules or in any Contest-related correspondence or material. Winners will be contacted regarding prize fulfillment timing within three (3) to five (5) days after confirmed as winners.

10. GENERAL: Subject to applicable law, each winner hereby expressly grants to the Contest Parties and their respective successors, assigns, sublicensees and designees, the irrevocable right to use and publish his/her name, Submission, prize information, likeness (photographic or simulated), voice, biography and place of residence for all purposes, including, without limitation, advertising, marketing, promotional and publicity purposes in connection with this Contest (“Advertising”), in any and all media now or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity, without any form of notice, permission or any amount or kind of compensation, except for the awarding of the prizes to the winners. All copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights in such Advertising shall be owned by Sponsor and/or its licensors, and each winning participant hereby disclaims and waives any claim of right to such Advertising. Such Advertising shall be solely under the control of Sponsor and/or its licensors, and each winner hereby waives any claim of control over the Advertising content as well as any possible claims of misuse of such winning recipient’s name, likeness or voice under contract, tort or any other theory of law. The Contest Parties do not assume any responsibility for any disruption in the Contest, including, but not limited to, the failure or interruption of any social media platform or any internet service provider. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures and other statements contained in any Contest materials and the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall prevail, govern, and control. All decisions as to these Official Rules and interpretations thereof are exclusively within the sole discretion of the Contest Parties and may be changed from time to time without notice. In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Contest by any event beyond its control, including, but not limited to, fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, communications or equipment failure, utility or service interruptions, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared), interference with the Contest by any party, or any federal, state, or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor’s control (each, a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest or prize. Sponsor additionally reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion: (a) to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest should causes beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt or interfere with the administration, integrity, operation, security or proper play of the Contest; or (b) to disqualify any entrant found to be, or suspected of: (i) tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; (ii) acting in violation of these Official Rules; or (iii) acting in bad faith or in an un-sportsmanlike manner.

11. CONDUCT: The Contest Parties are not responsible for the actions of entrants in connection with the Contest, including entrants’ attempts to circumvent the Official Rules or otherwise interfere with the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest. The Contest Parties reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the participation process or the operation of the Contest, or to be acting in any manner deemed by the Contest Parties to be in violation of the Official Rules, or to be acting in any manner deemed by the Contest Parties to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person and void all associated Entries and/or registrations. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER, YOU OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE CONTEST PARTIES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND OTHER REMEDIES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify (or terminate the prize of) any individual who is found to be, or suspected of, acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike, obscene, immoral or disruptive manner, or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

12. WAIVERS AND DISCLAIMERS: The Contest Parties assume no responsibility or liability for: (a) lost, late, stolen, undelivered, inaccurate, incomplete, delayed, misdirected, damaged or garbled registrations, Submissions, entries, URLs, or emails; (b) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty or failed electronic data transmissions; (c) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries, Submissions or registrations at any point in the operation of this Contest; (d) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, cable, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Contest; (e) inaccessibility or unavailability of the Internet or any website or any combination thereof or for computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing of entries, social networking posts, or registrations, the announcement of the prizes, or in any other Contest-related materials; or (f) any injury or damage to participants or to any other person's computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Contest. If your Submission is entered via a wireless mobile device, then data rates or other charges may apply. Sponsor is not responsible for any charges or lack of functionality of wireless mobile devices. Sponsor expressly disclaims any and all liability related to your use of a third-party’s wireless mobile device (or other device) to access or participate in the Contest or to access any related online content. If, for any reason, the Contest (or any part thereof) is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include, without limitation, infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, then the Contest Parties reserve the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest in whole or in part. If terminated, the Contest Parties will award the prizes from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received for the Contest up to the time of such action.

13. RELEASES: All participants, as a condition of participation in this Contest, agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless and indemnify the Contest Parties and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, successors and assigns (collectively, “Released Parties”) from and against any and all liability, claims, costs (including attorneys’ fees), losses, damages, fines, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons or property which may be sustained, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in connection with: (i) participation in any aspect of the Contest (including travel to/from any Contest activity), (ii) the receipt, ownership, use or misuse of any prize awarded, including any travel associated with any prize, (iii) the Released Parties’ violation of rights of publicity or privacy, claims of defamation or portrayal in a false light or based on any claim of infringement of intellectual property; (iv) participant’s registration material on any related website, or (iv) any typographical, human or other error in the printing, offering, selection, operation or announcement of any Contest activity and/or prize.

14. GOVERNING LAW AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of entrants, Sponsor or the Released Parties in connection with the Contest will be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of Colorado without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other laws.

BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, ENTRANT AGREES THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW: (A) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE CONTEST, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (B) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL THIRD-PARTY, OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED (IF ANY) NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ATTORNEYS’ FEES BE AWARDED OR RECOVERABLE; (C) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND ENTRANT HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND EXPRESSLY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO SEEK, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), AND/OR ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED; AND (D) ENTRANTS’ REMEDIES ARE LIMITED TO A CLAIM FOR MONEY DAMAGES (IF ANY) AND ENTRANT IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR EQUITABLE RELIEF. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

15. DISPUTE RESOLUTION: The parties each agree to finally settle all disputes only through arbitration; provided, however, the Sponsor shall be entitled to seek injunctive or equitable relief in the state and federal courts in the State of Colorado, and any other court with jurisdiction over the parties. In arbitration, there is no judge or jury and review is limited. The arbitrator’s decision and award is final and binding, with limited exceptions, and judgment on the award may be entered in any court with jurisdiction. The parties agree that, except as set forth above, any claim, suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Contest shall be resolved solely by binding arbitration before a sole arbitrator under the streamlined Arbitration Rules Procedures of JAMS Inc. (“JAMS”) or any successor to JAMS. In the event JAMS is unwilling or unable to set a hearing date within fourteen (14) days of the filing of a “Demand for Arbitration”, then either party can elect to have the arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) or any other mutually agreeable arbitration administration service. If an in-person hearing is required, then it will take place in the State of Colorado. The federal or state law that applies to these Official Rules will also apply during the arbitration. Disputes will be arbitrated only on an individual basis and will not be consolidated with any other proceedings that involve any claims or controversy of another party, including any class actions; provided, however, if for any reason any court or arbitrator holds that this restriction is unconscionable or unenforceable, then the agreement to arbitrate doesn’t apply and the dispute must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the State of Colorado. Sponsor agrees to pay the administrative and arbitrator’s fees in order to conduct the arbitration (but specifically excluding any travel or other costs of entrant to attend the arbitration hearing). Either party may, notwithstanding this provision, bring qualifying claims in small claims court.

16. ENTRY INFORMATION AND CONTEST COMMUNICATIONS: As a condition of entering the Contest, each entrant gives consent for Sponsor to obtain and deliver his or her name, address and other information to third parties for the purpose of administering this Contest and to comply with applicable laws, regulations and rules. Any information entrant provides to Sponsor may be used to communicate with entrant in relation to this Contest or on a Contest Winners’ list. By participating in the Contest, participant agrees to all of the terms and conditions of the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, which is available at https://www.xero.com/us/legal/privacy/. In the event of any discrepancy between the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy and these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall control and govern.

17. NO OBLIGATION TO USE: Sponsor shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any or to otherwise exploit any Submission or, if commenced, to continue the distribution or exploitation thereof, and Sponsor may at any time abandon the use of the Submission for any reason, with or without legal justification or excuse, and entrants shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.

18. DATES & DEADLINES/ANTICIPATED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Because of the unique nature and scope of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in addition to those other rights reserved herein, to modify any date(s) or deadline(s) set forth in these Official Rules or otherwise governing the Contest. Sponsor cannot accurately predict the number of entrants who will participate in the Contest.

19. FURTHER DOCUMENTATION: If Sponsor desires to secure additional assignments, certificates of engagement for the Submission or other documents as Sponsor may reasonably require for the purposes and intents of these Official Rules, then entrant agrees to sign the same upon Sponsor’s request.

20. MISCELLANEOUS: The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules or the Declaration will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision of the Official Rules or the Declaration is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of that provision. Entrants agree to waive any rights to claim ambiguity of these Official Rules. Headings are solely for convenience of reference and will not be deemed to affect in any manner the meaning or intent of the documents or any provision hereof. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest related materials, privacy policy or terms of use on any website, social media platform or application and/or the terms and conditions of the Official Rules, the Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control and the discrepancy will be resolved in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.

21. WINNERS LIST: To receive a list of the names of the winners, send a #10 self-addressed, stamped envelope for receipt by October 15, 2024 to: US Xero Partner Awards – Winners List Request, c/o Realtime Media, 1001 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 2–100, West Conshohocken, PA 19428.

22. SPONSOR: Xero, Inc., 1615 Platte Street Denver, CO 80202. Reference to third parties in connection with prizes and/or third-party websites or services are for reference and identification purposes only and not intended to suggest endorsement, sponsorship or affiliation with Sponsor or the Contest.

23. ADMINISTRATOR: Realtime Media LLC, 1001 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 2–100, West Conshohocken, PA 19428.